The central conflict of my knitting life is that I love shawls but (broken record alert) dislike knitting back and forth. I particularly love square shawls, which there just aren’t enough of in the world. (Remember that Micaela Greg number from last spring? Still mourning the fact that it’s not mine.)
Every once in awhile I’m reminded of the fact that shawls can be knitted in the round, and I can’t imagine why I’ve never done this. The possibility finally sunk in this week when Derya Davenport, of Laylock fame, announced her latest ingenious PDF, the free Circular Shawl Knitting Cheat Sheet.* Hello, darling! So I went looking for some square-in-the-round inspiration, and came up with these beauties.
Above is Veronik Avery’s Travel Shawl pattern, which was published in “Knitting 24/7” (queue it at Ravelry). I really love the not-too-lacy stitch pattern, and the geometric border.
Below is Jared Flood’s Quill shawl pattern, in the Shetland hap-shawl style, available at Brooklyn Tweed or through Ravelry. Look at how different it is when done large and with the traditional colorwork versus smaller and in a single shade — both wonderful. It appears that, with this one, the center panel must be worked flat … and then the lace border is worked in the round? Leave me a comment if you know.
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*If you don’t already have her basic Shawl Shaping Cheat Sheet, grab that while you’re at it.